How to Avoid Implicit Bias When Treating: Patients from Rural Areas

Stereotyping in medicine has serious consequences. Patients who feel judged by healthcare workers are less likely to follow medical instructions and more likely to mistrust their healthcare providers, are less likely to access readily available preventive care and put off treating health problems. In certain rural areas of the U.S., access to basic healthcare is limited and access to a surgical sub-specialist is often non-existent without significant travel.

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